One conversation can make all the difference in the life of a student — Unitea provides opportunities for these conversations to happen. Unitea connects students with trained Unitea hosts to engage in conversation over a free cup of tea or coffee. The program is available for students at both North and Augustana campuses.

How It Works 

Unitea is simple — a student signs up online for a tea time with a Unitea host, who is a student volunteer. Both students meet at a specified location and enjoy hot beverages from one of our participating partners.

What to Expect

Once you sign up for a tea time, you can expect a:

  • confirmation email confirming date, time, and location
  • reminder notification 24 hours prior to your tea time
  • friendly Unitea host to greet you at your tea time
  • free Unitea travel mug for first-time users*
  • free hot drink — tea or coffee
  • opportunity to provide feedback on your tea time experience
  • Cancellation Policy

    Unitea requests adequate notice for cancellations in order to make tea times available to other students.

    If you are unable to attend a tea time, please email unitea@ualberta.ca at least 24 hours prior to your tea time, including your name, date, and time of your tea time.

  • Sustainability
    We support sustainability with our Unitea travel mugs. First time participants of the program will receive a free travel mug from the Unitea host. We encourage you to bring your travel mug every time you have a Unitea tea time.
  • Terms and Conditions

    Students who participate in the Unitea program understand and agree to the following:

    1. Unitea is not professional counselling service nor is it intended to replace such services.
    2. Students will receive notification through text or email confirming their scheduled tea time and reminding them of the tea time 24 hours prior.
    3. If there is need to cancel the scheduled tea time, students agree to provide 24 hours advanced notice.
    4. Students will engage in respectful conversation with the Unitea host.
    5. Any personal information collected in the sign up and scheduling process will only be used for Unitea programming purposes. No information will be given to third parties.
    6. Students agree to be contacted in the future for program evaluation purposes.

Pop-Up Tea Parties

Over the course of the academic year, student volunteers will host "tea parties" at different campus locations to reach out and connect with groups of students, engaging in meaningful conversations.

Unitea Hosts

Unitea hosts are the cornerstone of the program and are genuinely interested in meeting and talking with their peers over tea or coffee.

Unitea hosts are certified in the Community Helpers Program and Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) Training